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That was quick and! `` that was quick! Thank you for joining us. I'm

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just so pleased when it works. Time for a look at the front pages.

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Disagreement between airlines over whether Iraq's airspace is safe to

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fly through. A campaign against private parking companies that

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threaten drivers with huge fines. Millions of motorists could face

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higher diesel costs as the EU puts pressure on Britain to cut air

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pollution levels. The latest from Gaza on the front page of the Times,

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including the news that an Israeli soldier appears to have been

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captured by militants. The picture is of Claudia Fragapane. The World

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Health Organization is concerned about containing the Ebola virus.

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And the picture is of Usain Bolt at the Commonwealth Games. He is easily

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through and beautiful to watch. The Guardian is keeping Gaza on its

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front page. Not all of them are by any means. War returns to Gaza as

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truce breaks down. Nick Clegg is calling on Benjamin Netanyahu to

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talk directly to Hamas. I hate to say this but I'm not sure that his

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intervention is going to make a great deal of difference, given that

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the entire full force of the American federal government is not

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managing to get the Israelis and the Palestinians around the table. It is

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a very sensible intervention by Nick Clegg to say that there must be

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negotiations at some point but where is the incentive for Benjamin

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Netanyahu to do that? He has the military power, he has the force, he

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has the Iron Dome protecting his citizens, and he now has a clear set

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of military objectives which is to destroy these tunnels which he says

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Hamas has made and which will be used and are being used for

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terrorism. Until he has done that, I do not see, given that there is no

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stick being wielded by the international community, why he will

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come to the negotiating table. We understand that a soldier has been

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kidnapped by Hamas. Israel will not rest until they have got him back.

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We have looked at various versions of this story full of the Guardian

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has sources suggesting that they have both claimed they have taken

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one Israeli soldier and one source says they have not. There are also

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claims a strategy is being deployed by Israel where they will pound the

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area around where the man is being seized, even if that is likely to

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cause injury to him. It seems that something has certainly happened

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there. It is true that in November, 2011, there was an Israeli soldier

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released by the Palestinians who had been held for five years and in

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return for which 1000 prisoners were released. In terms of getting

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something out of this situation, in which Hamas have practically no

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credibility whatsoever and no allies, and the allies they used to

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have in Egypt are now in jail, and there is no broker on their side...

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Although, I understand Turkey is trying to intervene to get the two

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sides together in Egypt and to those who stalks. `` to those peace

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talks. You bowl out of control. Four countries have seen `` Ebola out of

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control. The World Health Organization says that with the

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right resources and the right measures, it can be contained. We

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have the headline that it is out of control but then when you read the

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article carefully, to, three athletes from Sierra Leone have

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tested negative for Ebola. You begin to wonder if it is similar to the

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kind of scares we have had before. In the other article, it is athletes

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from Sierra Leone currently in Glasgow that are begging not to be

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sent back to their country, because that is where we have had the

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outbreaks. People are suspicious and do not want to dump forward and go

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to hospital, which is where they have to be. `` do not want to come

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forward. Let's be clear, there has not been a single case in the UK or

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outside of west Africa, as far as I know. What they are picking up on is

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the fact that the visa seems to be spreading quickly in those West

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African countries. `` the disease seems to be spreading quickly. In

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this country, we do go to the doctor when we feel sick. And we have good

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public advice. When we get to the doctor or into hospital, we have a

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relatively well equipped and resourced system. There are good

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reasons why we should not necessarily panic yet.

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Some airlines are still continuing to fly over Iraq, even though it is

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a war`torn part of the world. It has still been allowed, or airlines have

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chosen to fly over eastern Ukraine. Even though there is a lot of

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conflict there. I am not sure of that we knew the rebels have those

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kinds of weapons capable of reaching planes at 30,000 feet. Now we are

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looking in the north of Iraq and thinking, do the fighters there, the

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insurgents, have these kind of weapons in the same way that the

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rebels in eastern Ukraine had them? To my mind, I do not understand what

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is in it for an airline. This is involuntary choice. `` a

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involuntary. If I was an airline boss, I do not see why I would fly

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my planes over any point of even potential risk. It is not like they

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have to be changed all over the world. This is one spot on the

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globe. Maybe more people will now choose the airlines they fly with

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depending on the route. Fair enough. That is a point people

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should be able to choose about. Here is the confusing thing. From reading

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this article, Rajesh Airways, for example, consider it safe to be

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flying over Iraq. But they have not been flying over the Ukraine since

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March. I did not know that. `` British airways. I am still puzzled

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about how they can have better intelligence than practically any of

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our defence sources in the government.

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A lot of police officers on duty because of the Commonwealth Games

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taking place in Glasgow. They have got leave to take, holiday to use

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up. They are probably working overtime. Is this really a concern

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for people in Scotland? After London hosted the Olympic Games we did not

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see a massive surge in crime. I do not think people are actively

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worried that the place is suddenly going to be hit by a rash of

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unsolvable crime. But I have spoken to police officers who have pointed

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out that a lot of what is normally delegated or contracted to private

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security firms is being done by the police in the Glasgow Commonwealth

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Games. Partly because they can see there are cuts ahead and they are

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trying to bolster income. I think there probably is a state at the

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moment where there are not so many police around the rest of Scotland.

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They will probably be problems ahead. A Labour MP, a former chief

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constable, says the backlog will be enormous. Is this a green light to

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criminals? As far as I know, we did not see a rash of burglaries or

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worse after London 2012. What we did see in 2011 were the riots in

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London. It seemed after the games that London was a more united, a

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proud city with its head held high. That is a broad, impressionistic,

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almost jingoistic thing to say. I do not know whether there was any

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effect on crime whatsoever. But the effect on Glasgow after the

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Commonwealth Games will be more along the positive lines. The city

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feeling great about itself. The Daily Telegraph. Larger UK this

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Scotland better off than peers in smaller countries. Scots have more

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disposable income because there are part of the UK. This will not make

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happy reading for the Nationalists who are in favour of independence.

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But people might prefer freedom and independence to having money in

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their pocket? Freedom comes at a price. The rationale is that at the

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moment the Scots apparently enjoy a greater level of disposable income

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than their contemporaries in Denmark or Finland. The rationale here is

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the supermarkets, for example, sell products at the same price all over

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the UK, even though transportation costs to the north of Scotland are

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higher. The argument goes, after independence that might change.

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There could be variation in prices. There was a point earlier on how the

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Nordic countries have things like better childcare and more cohesive

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societies. Those other things Scotland could aim for. But that is

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not the platform on which Alex Salmond is fighting the election. He

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says, we will be better off. We will keep our oil. There will be more

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pounds in your pocket. Once we escape the cover the English. This

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story is a saying that is not true. Will it be the main thing that

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people want their pocket? That might well be the way people think, since

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money seems to be the only standard of value in Britain these days. If

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we look at the countries that we have just mentioned, we are

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currently 16`20 of the child well`being index. Denmark and

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Finland are probably one and two. Money cannot buy you love, it

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probably cannot buy you the things you did in life, which are social

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goods provided by governments that are responsible. We are not living

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in a government that has those priorities. We could have some more

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quids in our pockets, but I do not think it will make people feel any

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better. What money will get you though, is a tad too. Many tattoos,

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depending on your preference. The Times is looking at how the Jews are

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the new social climate. `` tattoos. Are you a fan of it? No. I cannot

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get it. I remember getting the transfers when I was young. I have

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never liked the idea. The more they seem to proliferate, the less I can

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see any point of doing it. In the old days it was a bit of a

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statement. Now it seems to be part of the uniform. Everybody seems to

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have one. Do you? I do not. I have always rather wanted a Diet Coke

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logo on my shoulder. I love Diet Coke. They might pay you to have

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that. Yes indeed. But now I learn that 27% of my middle`class compete

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to its habitat use, compared to only 26% of people who are working class.

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`` have tattoos. Maybe it is time for us to alter out and get into.

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The thing like this, you think about the 70s and platform shoes and

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flares, you can get rid of those. I know somebody who had a lot of

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tattoos in his late 20s, early 30s. He is spending a fortune on getting

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rid of them. That seems like an expensive way to spend your free

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time. So could it be classy? Helen Mirren get away with it. I think the

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pendulum is about to swing. 90% of the upper class could also get them.

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We will end up with the pendulum swinging right back. Much easier to

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stick with the flares and the platform shoes. Thank you. Thank you

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very much. That is it for the papers. Now it is time for

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Commonwealth Games Sportsday.

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